Ike Ekweremadu, a former deputy president of the senate, made an appearance before the Uxbridge Magistrate court in the UK on Thursday, June 30, to answer to allegations of organ harvesting.
According to the prosecution, David Ukpo, who said he was forced to give his kidney to the senator’s daughter, is just 15 years old.
The case has been postponed until July 7 at Westminster Magistrate Court so that Suella Braverman, the UK Attorney General, can decide whether it will be heard in the UK or in Nigeria.
On Wednesday, the Senate said it was sending a delegation to visit Ekweremadu and his wife.
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Senate President Ahmad Lawan said this after a closed-door session of the lawmakers in Abuja. He said members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs will be traveling to the UK soon.
There will be a delegation to London to see Senator Ike Ekweremadu and his wife. A delegation from the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Senate will leave in the next two days for London for that purpose.
I want to urge all federal government institutions that can do anything to ensure that justice prevails in this case, that they do so.
He also said the Nigerian High Commission has engaged the services of lawyers in the UK to defend Senator Ekweremadu.
I had a personal engagement with our Nigerian High Commissioner to Britain, Alhaji Isola Sarafa, who has done so well to establish contact with our colleague, who has been able to get his team to be in the court at Uxbridge where Ekweremadu was taken to.
The high Commission has also been able to provide some consular services that include the engagement of some lawyers who will defend our colleague.
Because this issue is already in court, we have limited opportunity to discuss beyond what we have done so far.
But I want to ensure the family of our colleague, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, and Nigerians, that the Senate will continue to engage with our ministry of foreign affairs as well as our high commission in London. The High Commission has done so much but we still expect that it will continue to provide any other further consular services.